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Put a Banana on Your Cruise Map
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Put a Banana on Your Cruise Map

Fran Golden - February 17, 2014

The cruise industry is going bananas. The new Banana Coast cruise port in Honduras is now officially on the cruise ship map. The 130-passenger ship Yorktown, operated by Travel Dynamics International,…

Celebrity Making Cruising More Private for Suite Guests
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Celebrity Making Cruising More Private for Suite Guests

Fran Golden - February 14, 2014

  Celebrity Cruises announced plans for a luxury, ship-within-a-ship concept – meaning suite guests won't have to mingle with other guests – if they don't want to.…

“Chopped” and Delicious on Norwegian Getaway
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“Chopped” and Delicious on Norwegian Getaway

Fran Golden - February 12, 2014

Porthole Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff prepares to dine with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian   Fans of Food Network's Chopped know New York chef/restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian as the smart judge with white hair who…

Royal Caribbean Goes Even-Higher-Tech with Virtual Balconies
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Royal Caribbean Goes Even-Higher-Tech with Virtual Balconies

Fran Golden - February 10, 2014

Passengers in inside staterooms aboard Navigator of the Seas cruising from Galveston, Texas, have something new to crow about – virtual balcony views courtesy of high-tech wizardry. On the…

Getaway in Miami
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Getaway in Miami

Fran Golden - February 7, 2014

Yes, that's a giant mermaid brightening the Miami waterfront. Fresh from a starring role at the Super Bowl (as a floating Bud Light hotel), Norwegian Getaway has arrived at PortMiami, mermaid…

Top Chef at Sea
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Top Chef at Sea

Fran Golden - February 5, 2014

  I am an unabashed fan of Bravo TV's Top Chef – so much so that I once more or less stalked show judge (and noted chef) Tom Colicchio at a…

New French Ship Le Lyrial to Debut Larger Suites
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New French Ship Le Lyrial to Debut Larger Suites

Fran Golden - February 3, 2014

Oo, la, la! Fast-growing French cruise line Compagnie Du Ponant has revealed some details about its newest ship, the fourth in its Boreal class. The ship will be named Le…

Carnival Ships on the Move
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Carnival Ships on the Move

Fran Golden - January 31, 2014

Much to the delight of local officials, Carnival Cruise Lines has announced a return of its ships to Baltimore, Maryland, and Norfolk, Virginia, in 2015. The line had earlier said…

Book Now and Save
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Book Now and Save

Fran Golden - January 30, 2014

    A Norwegian Deal Norwegian's "Spectacular Bonus Days" promotion, now through February 12, brings upgrades and other savings on Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, and Norwegian Epic. Norwegian Getaway officially debuts…

What’s New in Luxury Travel: Free Wi-Fi, Bigger Ships
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What’s New in Luxury Travel: Free Wi-Fi, Bigger Ships

Fran Golden - January 27, 2014

As top luxury lines make tweaks and plan for the future, some interesting trends are emerging. Free Wi-Fi All-inclusive line Crystal Cruises recently announced that members of…

Carnival Launches Name-Brand Concerts – For a Fee
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Carnival Launches Name-Brand Concerts – For a Fee

Fran Golden - January 25, 2014

Jennifer Hudson, Lady Antebellum, Daughtry, and even such classic rock groups as Foreigner and Chicago, will soon be performing live on Carnival Cruise Lines ships, as part of a first-of-its-kind shipboard concert…

That’s Entertainment! Aboard MSC Divina
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That’s Entertainment! Aboard MSC Divina

Fran Golden - January 24, 2014

Entertainment Aboard MSC Divina from MSC CRUISES on Vimeo. This week I'm cruising aboard MSC Divina, the newest ship to sail year-round cruises out of Miami. The big attraction…

Star Pride to Debut with ‘Stem-to-Stern’ Design Changes
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Star Pride to Debut with ‘Stem-to-Stern’ Design Changes

Fran Golden - January 20, 2014

  One of the most anticipated ship redos this year is the transformation of Seabourn Pride into Windstar Cruises' Star Pride. Operator of three upscale sailing ships, Windstar bought the 212-passenger…

2014 Brings New Ships, Exotic Destinations, says CLIA
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2014 Brings New Ships, Exotic Destinations, says CLIA

Fran Golden - January 17, 2014

The 2014 State of the Cruise Industry forecast from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) predicts a good year for cruising, of course, but there are some…

Carnival Shores Up Shore Ex with Guarantee
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Carnival Shores Up Shore Ex with Guarantee

Fran Golden - January 15, 2014

  Looking to increase shore excursion bookings (particularly by first-time cruisers) – and to compete with third-party operators who sell tours at ports – Carnival Cruise Lines…

Norwegian Epic Heading to Europe Full-Time
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Norwegian Epic Heading to Europe Full-Time

Fran Golden - January 13, 2014

  With a bunch of innovative features including a complex of cabins for solo travelers and Blue Man Group performing on board, Norwegian Epic made a big splash when it debuted in…

Grammys, Award-Winning Musicians, and . . . Cruising?
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Grammys, Award-Winning Musicians, and . . . Cruising?

Fran Golden - January 10, 2014

Something is new in the fresh sea breeze and it has to do with the Grammy Awards. You know, as in award-winning musicians. And both Norwegian Cruise…

Downton Abbey Is Back. Book River Cruises Now.
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Downton Abbey Is Back. Book River Cruises Now.

Fran Golden - January 8, 2014

Vidéo de découverte "Bordeaux River Cruise" from Antoine Favre on Vimeo. The most successful river cruise promotion by far has been Viking Cruises’ national sponsorship of PBS' Masterpiece, featuring Downton…

We Love January Cruising
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We Love January Cruising

Fran Golden - January 8, 2014

January is a bit of a perfect storm when it comes to Caribbean cruise bargains. You can expect great weather, yet it's a traditionally slower period for cruising –…

Look for a Wave of Deals
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Look for a Wave of Deals

Fran Golden - January 3, 2014

As cruise lines look to kick-start the new year by getting plenty of reservations on the books, the “Wave Season” deals are rolling in. Look for opportunities…